We asked some of our favorite Southern food experts for recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes that are sure to wow. Here are eight sides that will perfectly complement your turkey. Enjoy!

Brussels Sprouts

Silo is located in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood. Best known for its seasonal, Southern cuisine, it was one of Nashville’s first farm-to-table restaurants. With Clay Greenberg, owner-chef, spearheading the delicious menu, this restaurant continues to wow.

Silo Brussels

These Brussels sprouts from Silo are sure to be a welcome addition to your Thanksgiving meal. Image: Silo

Silo Brussels sprouts Recipe

Silo
Silo is known for great farm-to-table food with a Southern emphasis. These Brussels sprouts are a great example of food that always hit the spot.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side
Cuisine American/Southern
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pints Brussels sprouts halved
  • 3 ounces diced bacon
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 knob unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Place the Brussels sprouts on a rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Heat a skillet and add the bacon.
  • When the fat is rendered, add the roasted Brussels sprouts and shallot.
  • Saute until slightly brown.
  • Deglaze the pan with the cider and vinegar.
  • Add the knob of butter and reduce the liquid by half.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Cranberry Apple Relish

Tinwings is a Nashville-based catering, meal delivery and food pickup company. This recipe is one they discovered from the Williams-Sonoma Thanksgiving and Christmas cookbook more than  20 years ago! Co-owner Lee Ann Merrick has been using this recipe each year since 1992!

The apples mixed with the cranberries make the perfect holiday relish and pairing with your rich dressing and turkey. | Image: Williams Sonoma

The apples mixed with the cranberries make the perfect holiday relish to pair with your rich dressing and turkey. | Image: Williams-Sonoma

Fabulous Sides for Thanksgiving

Williams-Sonoma
Tinwings
5 from 1 vote
Course Side
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 orange
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tart Granny Smith apple
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions
 

  • Squeeze the juice from the orange and set the juice aside.
  • Remove and discard the membrane from inside the orange rind and cut the rind into small dice.
  • In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the rind and the water and bring to a boil.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, then drain and set aside.
  • Peel, core and quarter the apple. Cut into 1/2-inch dice and place the apple in a saucepan.
  • Sort the cranberries, discarding any soft ones. Add to the apples, along with the orange juice, orange
  • rind, sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low and partially cover the pan.
  • Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, the appleis tender and the cranberries have burst , about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the cranberry sauce to a heatproof bowl and let cool for 1 hour before serving.
  • Or cover and refrigerate then bring to room temperature before serving.
  • Spoon the cranberry sauce into a sauce boat to pass at the table.
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Candied Sweet Potatoes

As owner of both Margot and Marche, Margot McCormick is known as one of Nashville’s best chefs. This recipe for candied sweet potatoes will be the last recipe you cook, as you serve it right away!

Candied sweet potatoes are delicious, but be careful as they are served HOT! Recipe and image: Margot

Candied sweet potatoes are delicious, but be careful, as they are served HOT! Recipe and image: Margot

 

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Margot
From Nashville's own and beloved Margot McCormick from her eponymous restaurant, Margot.
5 from 1 vote
Course Side
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small sweet potato per person
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Instructions
 

  • Use one smallish sweet potato or yam per person.
  • Rinse and boil the sweet potatoes in their skins in a large saucepan until just done; still firm and not mushy or soft.
  • Remove the sweet potatoes carefully from the pan. (The skins should pretty much fall away. You can do this step several days ahead, if you like.)
  • The sweet potatoes will caramelize better if they are cool, so give them time!
  • Cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, and then into chunks.
  • In an ample pan, over medium heat, make a caramel sauce out of equal parts light corn syrup and light brown sugar and 1 tablespoon butter -- 1/2 cup each of the syrup and brown sugar in this instance.
  • Let the sugar dissolve and become syrup-like in consistency, almost boiling.
  • Add the sweet potato chunks, being careful not to splash the hot caramel.
  • Allow the potatoes to sit for a moment without disturbing them to encourage the caramelization and then stir gently without breaking the potatoes, as they will break down easily. Pay close attention not to burn the potatoes as the syrup glazes them..
  • When the syrup is all but gone from the pan, turn off the heat and enjoy!
  • Be careful they are super hot!
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Bourbon Pecan Stuffing

McEwen’s is a Downtown Memphis mainstay known for its casual atmosphere, sophisticated menu and impressive wine cellar. Chef Arlie Walters likes to run this recipe for bourbon pecan stuffing with specials throughout the fall, and it’s always on her own family’s Thanksgiving table. Enjoy!

This hearty, nutty stuffing is a Thanksgiving table must-have for Arlie Walters of McEwen's Memphis.

This hearty, nutty stuffing is a Thanksgiving table must-have for Arlie Walters of McEwen’s Memphis.

Bourbon Pecan Stuffing

Arlie Walters
An inspired twist on a traditional Thanksgiving dish, this stuffing gets its zing from fresh herbs, flavorful breads and a healthy splash of bourbon. Plus, everything is better with bacon.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Side
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ounces chopped bacon
  • 1/4 cup 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 onion peeled and small diced
  • 2 celery stalks small diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 2 cups chicken or turkey stock
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 pound stale pumpernickel bread cubed
  • 1/2 pound stale rye bread cubed
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup pecans toasted and chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  • Cook the bacon in a skillet until crisp. Drain the bacon on paper towels and reserve the fat in a separate container.
  • In the same skillet, melt the butter and add the vegetables, garlic and herbs. Cook until translucent (about 5 minutes) and then add the bacon fat. Cool.
  • Combine the chicken stock and bourbon in a small bowl.
  • In a large bowl, combine the bread, eggs, cooled vegetables and pecans. Mix and gradually add the stock/bourbon mixture.
  • Place the mixture in the baking dish and cook for approximately 40 minutes.
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Farrotto with Acorn Squash and Red Russian Kale

A meal at Husk is always one to remember, both in Charleston, SC, and Nashville, TN. Owner/Chef Sean Brock is a master at bringing patrons delicious foods that showcase the region’s history. This recipe, sure to wow at any holiday table, comes from Sean’s cookbook, Heritage, which makes a great gift!

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Farrotto with acorn squash and red Russian kale … it’s so good! Image: Heritage

Farrotto with Acorn Squash and Red Russian Kale

Sean Brock (cookbook: Heritage)
From Sean Brock's Heritage: Like einkorn, farro is an early form of wheat that can be traced back to the Mediterranean, where it was first domesticated. Actually, the word farro can refer to the hulled grains of einkorn, as well as to emmer wheat and spelt. Spelt is the largest variety, what the Italians call farro grande, and it’s what I often source from Anson Mills. I like farro for its nutty flavor and chewy texture. If you have ever made risotto, this recipe will look familiar; it uses the same approach — hence the name. Here, I pair farrotto with fall flavors, but it can be a vehicle for whatever looks great at the farmers market. Just keep in mind that farrotto brings a bit more heft to the plate than a traditional risotto.
5 from 1 vote
Course Side
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • For the squash:
  • 1 small acorn squash about 2½ pounds
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • Scant 1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 bunch red Russian or other kale about 3 pounds
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • For the Farrotto:
  • 2 quarts vegetable stock
  • teaspoons canola oil
  • cups Anson Mills Farro Verde
  • 4 Tablespoons 1/2 stick unsalted butter, divided
  • ½ cup diced white onion
  • 1 garlic clove sliced paper thin
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Instructions
 


  • For the squash:
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut the squash in half.
  • Remove and discard the seeds and rinse the squash under cold water.
  • Place the squash, cut side up, on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Divide the butter between the two halves and sprinkle with the salt and white pepper.
  • Roast the squash for 35 minutes, or until fork tender.
  • While the squash is roasting, prepare the kale:
  • Remove the stems and ribs from the leaves.
  • Make stacks of the leaves, roll them into cylinders, and cut them into very thin ribbons.
  • Wash the kale in a sink of cold water, changing it several times, to remove any
  • sand.
  • Drain and dry with paper towels.
  • When the squash is done, remove it from the oven and pour the butter and juices from the cavities into a container.
  • Let the squash cool enough to handle.
  • Warm the 1 cup vegetable stock in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the butter and juices from the cavities of the squash.
  • Peel the squash.
  • Place the pulp in a blender, add the warm stock and juices, and blend on high to a very smooth puree, about 3 minutes. Set aside. Take care to do in batches.
  • br]For the farrotto:
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Heat the 2 quarts stock in a partially covered large saucepan over medium heat; keep warm over low heat.
  • Heat the canola oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
  • When the oil is shimmering, add the farro and stir to coat it with the oil.
  • Place the skillet in the oven and toast the farro for 8 minutes, stirring after 4 minutes.
  • Transfer the farro to a bowl and reserve.
  • Wipe the skillet clean.
  • Place the empty skillet over medium-high heat.
  • When the skillet is hot, about 2 minutes, add 2 Tablespoons of the butter and reduce the heat to medium.
  • Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until soft, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the wine, increase the heat to high, and cook until the wine is almost evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the toasted farro to the pan and stir to coat.
  • Add ½ cup of the warm stock, reduce the heat to medium, and stir until the liquid is almost absorbed.
  • Continue cooking, adding ½ cup of warm stock at a time, stirring to prevent scorching and letting each addition be absorbed before adding the next, until the farro grains have expanded and are al dente, about 1 hour.
  • The farro will look creamy like risotto. (The farro can be made up to 3 days ahead. Cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate. Reheat over low heat before proceeding.)

  • To complete:
  • Remove the farro from the heat, add the squash puree and kale, and stir until the kale is wilted.
  • Put the skillet back over medium heat and add the remaining 2 Tablespoons of butter and the cheese.
  • Stir and serve.
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Pecan and Fig Dressing

Fontleroy’s is a new restaurant in Louisville, KY, and they have come out of the gate strong. Chef Allan Rosenberg made a delicious Pecan and Fig Dressing, sure to pair well with turkey and other sides. It’s a great twist on an old standby, with the pecans adding a smooth nutty flavor and the figs adding just a hint of sweet to this savory dish.
Thanksgiving Sides

Pecan and fig dressing from Fontleroy’s

Thanksgiving Sides

Pecan and Fig Dressing

Chef Allan Rosenberg
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Side
Servings 6 -8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup dried figs
  • 4 Tablespoons 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 carrot peeled and diced
  • 2 pounds fennel sausage loose or removed from the casings
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 loaf Texas bread torn
  • 2 cups toasted pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons sage
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Warm the stock in a saucepan, remove from the heat and add the figs.
  • Add the butter, onion, celery and carrot and cook until tender. Remove the vegetables from the pan and reserve in a bowl.
  • Add the sausage and cook through.
  • Add the sausage to the carrot, onion and celery mixture.
  • In a bowl, stir in the egg while slowly pouring in the stock and figs..
  • Add the bread and toss until well blended.
  • Let stand until the stock is absorbed.
  • Add the mirepoix (celery/onion/carrot), mix and the rest of the ingredients. Spoon into the casserole.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes.
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Holiday Pierogies

Chef Josh Bettis of The English Grill at Louisville’s Brown Hotel has come up with a creative way to use all the Thanksgiving sides, even the turkey, after the table has been cleared. Make homemade pierogies and stuff them with your favorite sides. You can eat them right away or freeze them for later. They make great appetizers, snacks and even dinner!
Thanksgiving sides

Holiday pierogies are a fantastic way to use all of your leftover sides.

Thanksgiving sides

Holiday Pierogies

Chef Josh Bettis
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Side
Servings 50 pierogies

Ingredients
  

  • For the Pierogies:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting while rolling dough
  • 1 cup cool water
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fillings of Thanksgiving leftovers of choice

Instructions
 

  • Place the flour in a large kitchen bowl.
  • In the center of the flour, make a well, as if you were beginning to make pasta. In the well, incorporate the water, egg, oil and salt.
  • Begin lightly beating the egg mixture, while moving the fork slowly from the middle of the bowl, gradually incorporating the flour until a soft dough forms.
  • Once all of the flour is incorporated and the dough is formed, remove the dough to a lightly floured, clean, dry countertop. Knead the dough, dusting with flour as needed to prevent sticking to the countertop.
  • Loosely cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow to rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Roll out the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness. Take a 2 1/2- inch round cookie cutter and cut circles out of your dough. Select the Thanksgiving fillings of your choice. (See below)
  • Place a good-size tablespoon of filling in the middle of the circle of dough. Fold into a half moon and pinch the edges.
  • You can either cook them now or freeze them for later.
  • To freeze, do NOT cook them first. Place the pierogies on baking sheets for three hours in the freezer so they do not touch. Once frozen, place all of them in a ziptop bag for future use.
  • To cook, boil salted water in a medium to large saucepan. Boil the pierogies in batches for about 5 minutes or until they float. Once they float, they are ready to eat.
  • If you want, after boiling, you can saute the pierogies in brown butter for a nice finish.
  • For the Filling:
  • Potatoes: Mix up cold mashed potato with a little nutmeg. You can also chop up some leftover Brussels sprouts to add to the mashed potato.
  • Turkey: Combine shredded turkey with a little cheese (such as Brie) and leftover cranberries. Or leave plain.
  • Sweet Potatoes: Mix sweet potatoes with sausage (such as chorizo), if you have some. It is also good with curry and leftover peas. If you want a sweet potato pie flavor, add nutmeg and cinnamon to the sweet potato and dust the pierogies with powdered sugar.
  • Proceed to fill dough and bake or freeze.
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Slow-Simmered Turnip Greens

FoodBar is Chef George McMillan’s new restaurant in the heart of Cahaba Heights in Birmingham, AL, featuring a farm-to-table menu that highlights the fresh flavors of the season’s bounty. Chef George makes this recipe every year for his family of farmers, chefs, bakers and foodies, so it’s got the farm-to-table stamp of approval. Turnip lovers, rejoice!

Slow-Simmered Turnip Greens

George McMillan
This quintessentially Southern side is sure to become a staple on your Thanksgiving spread.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Side
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bunches turnip greens with roots
  • 6 ounces slab bacon or fatback
  • ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups water approximately
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Separate the turnip roots from the leaves. Peel the roots and cut them into ¼-inch cubes. Place in cold water to cover.
  • Remove the turnip leaves from the stems, and discard the stems. Wash and rinse three times in a sink full of cold water. Change the water after each rinse.
  • Slice turnip green leaves into ½-inch strips.
  • Large dice the bacon and place in the bottom of a large stockpot.
  • Render the bacon until it’s almost crisp and fat coats the bottom of the pan.
  • Deglaze the pan with the vinegar and chicken stock.
  • Add the turnip green leaves and roots (drained) and ½ teaspoon salt; stir to combine.
  • Add 2 cups of water, bring to a simmer and cook for 45 to 60 minutes.
  • More water may be added during the cooking process as needed. You want the greens swimming in liquid.
  • After 45 to 60 minutes, taste for tenderness. Once tender, add salt and pepper to taste.
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